Phillips Academy Andover

180 Main Street
Andover, MA 01810
Tel: 978-749-4050
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12, PG | 1138 students
The picturesque Andover campus features historic buildings, state-of-the-art facilities, and expansive lawns, which provide a pristine and welcoming setting for our students.
The picturesque Andover campus features historic buildings, state-of-the-art facilities, and expansive lawns, which provide a pristine and welcoming setting for our students.
In one of the first fully digital language learning laboratories in the United States, students at Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., can work at one of 40 work stations, practicing language drills, viewing foreign language films, using the Internet and working on assignments assisted by faculty or independently. Andover offers six modern and two ancient languages.
Through a vast music program, students at Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., receive instruction in instruments ranging from violin and French horn to African drums and bagpipes, as well as in voice and music theory. The 100-plus member Academy Symphony Orchestra is one of 14 musical ensembles.
In the $28 million Gelb Science Center opened in January 2004 at Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., the emphasis is on doing science. In Andover's molecular biology course (pictured), students do original research with recombinant DNA.
Renowned guest lecturers and artists visit Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., frequently and participate in intimate master classes with students. Here Grammy award-winning jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis demonstrates his technique for the Phillips Academy Jazz Band.
Blue Key, Andover's spirit leaders, cheer and welcome new students to campus.
The crowd cheers at the Andover vs. Exeter football game, the nation's oldest high school football rivalry. Phillips Academy offers one of the most extensive programs of interscholastic and recreational sports to be found at any secondary school, including 22 interscholastic sports, as well as a variety of recreational offerings, including swimming, fencing, yoga, dance  and Ultimate Frisbee.
International students from more than 30 countries make up eight percent of Andover's student body.
Students and teachers gather in Commons, a central dining hall where several entrees, a pasta bar and salad bar, and homemade bread and soup are available daily.
Students model fashions during Latin Arts Week, one of many annual events highlighting the cultures of Andover students.
"Students come to Andover for outstanding teaching and curriculum, unparalleled resources and to be part of a diverse, dynamic community of learners preparing to lead responsible and fulfilling lives.
Education Week calls Andover "the quintessential boarding school [which] has remained true to its mission of building character while preparing students for college." .

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2015 School Data
Phillips Academy Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12, PG 7-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1778 1910
Campus Size 500 acres 120 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 1138 students 298 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score 2112 * National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile) 1960 - 2220 -
Average ACT score 30 *National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Casual Casual
Average Class Size 13 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:5 1:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 30 16
ESL Courses Offered No Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Endowment Size $1012 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$50,300 $49,800
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$39,100 $27,800
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $39,400 $21,275
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


Application Deadline Feb. 1 Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application No No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsJames F. Ventre '79

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 26 14
SportsBallet, Baseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Cycling, Dance, Diving, Fencing, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Nordic Skiing, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Water Polo, Winter Track, Wrestling


Total Extracurricular Organizations 75 24
ExtracurricularsAcademy, ADAAC, Af-Lat-Am, AIR, Amateur, Amnesty, Andover, Andover-Japanese, Anthropology, Art, Asian, Astronomy, Azure, Backtracks, BBQ, Blue, Business, Carolina, Catholic, Chapel, Chess, Chinese, Dance, Diplomacy, Earth,

College Matriculation

Year: 2004 - 2009 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Harvard 103
Yale 74
University of Pennsylvania 70
Columbia 56
Georgetown 56
Stanford 55
Brown 53
Cornell 52
Princeton 50
Dartmouth 34
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • Phillips Academy, better known as Andover, is a coeducational independent boarding high school of 1,138 students. Founded in 1778, Andover is known for its extensive and rigorous academic program as well as its intentionally diverse community of teachers and students. Andover admits students on the basis of merit, talent and demonstrated potential -- regardless of their family's ability to pay full tuition. Andover's "need blind" admission policy is one of the most comprehesive and generous among secondary schools.
  • School accreditations: NEASC

Nearby Schools

The nearest boarding school is Brooks School (4.9 miles away)
  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Brooks School
    Grades: 9-12 | 352 students 4.9 miles1160 Great Pond Road
    North AndoverMA 01845
  • Grades: 9-12 | 406 students 14 miles1 Elm Street
    ByfieldMA 01922
  • Grades: 9-12 | 384 students 16.1 miles1400 Lowell Road
    ConcordMA 01742
    (978) 371-6524
  • Grades: 9-12

    2-12 (day)
     | 469 students
    16.9 milesP.O. Box 227
    Prides CrossingMA 01965

    2-12 (day)
  • Grades: 9-12 | 382 students 17.2 miles166 Main Street
    ConcordMA 01742
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